(Closed) Are we being realistic or naive?

posted 7 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
4029 posts
Honey bee

@figgnewton:  First, where do you live? That can seriously influence the cost of things. Second, did you go to a reputable dealer? Have you look on Kelly Blue Book at what cars should be sold for? On KBB, you can enter all the vehicles information and it gives you an estimate of its value. That will inform you of what the car should be priced around.

Post # 5
3885 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Used work trucks are pretty expensive, unfortunately. I sold a 13-year-old Toyota Tacoma with about 150k miles on it for almost $6000 here in DC (private sale) and could have gotten more if I wasn’t selling to a friend.

The good news, at least, is those Tacomas are built like tanks; they are indestructable. If used for a work truck, chances are it’s had routine maintenance (because a workman is not likely to neglect the maintenace on the tool he uses to get to the job site), and if you went with the high mileage one, you’d probably have another 100k miles of life in it.

Generally speaking, though, work trucks don’t lose their value as fast as passenger cars do, even moreso for the extended cab trucks because they can double as a passenger car.

Post # 7
2188 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2024

I know this won’t help at the moment but if/when he buys a truck make sure to keep all the paperwork because if he uses it for business he can get tax deductions next year (I know it wouldn’t help now, but useful to think ahead!). I’d look at a big dealer and see what they have, many times they have used trucks on the lot. Also I got 2k taken off my SUV because I went to 2 different big dealerships and had printouts and the vehicles were the same price/same SUV and asked who could make me the better deal, that’s who I’ll buy from…got 2k off so it never hurts to ask!

Post # 8
5656 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

Are you going to used car dealerships? If so, stop. Try online car listings instead.

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